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Chapter 249
مﻮﻨﻟا ﺪﻨﻋ ﻪﻟﻮﻘﻳ ﺎﻣ بﺎﺑ
Supplication before going to Bed
Allah, the Exalted, says:
Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed
signs for men of understanding. Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and
lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth.
'' (3:190,191)
ِﻪِﺷاَﺮِﻓ ﻰَﻟِإ ىَوَأ اَذِإ َنﺎآ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا لﻮُﺳر ﱠنَأ ﺎﻤﻬْﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ٍّرذ ﻲﺑَأو َﺔﻔﻳﺬُﺣ ْﻦﻋو
َلﺎﻗ :
ُتﻮُﻣَأَو ﺎَﻴْﺣَأ ﱠﻢُﻬﱠﻠﻟا َﻚِﻤْﺳﺎﺑ
يرﺎﺨﺒﻟا ﻩاور
Hudhaifah and Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) used
to supplicate when he went to bed at night: "
Bismik-Allahumma ahya wa amut (With Your Name, O Allah, I expire
and return to life)
Every person sleeps at night and gets up in the morning. Thus, in a way, sleep is death and
reawakening is gaining life again. This life and death, like the literal life and death, lie in the Hands of Allah. The
prayer cited in this Hadith engraves this concept in mind and when one recalls it every night it remains alive in his
mind that "this life is for Allah and I am alive with His Will. Whenever He wills, the light of my life will be
extinguished. Therefore, I should spend these few days of life lent to me by Him in accordance with His Will and
not in His disobedience''.
ﺎﻤﻬﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲﺿر َﺔﻤِﻃﺎَﻔِﻟَو ﻪﻟ َلﺎﻗ ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا َلﻮُﺳر ﱠنَأ ُﻪْﻨَﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا ﻲﺿر ﱟﻲﻠﻋ ْﻦَﻋو
ﺎﻤُﻜَﻌِﺟﺎَﻀَﻣ ﺎَﻤُﺗْﺬَﺧَأ اَذِإ ْوَأ ، ﺎﻤُﻜِﺷاﺮِﻓ ﻰﻟِإ ﺎَﻤُﺘْﻳَوَأ اَذِإ
َﺛو ًﺎﺛﻼَﺛ ﺎَﺤﱢﺒَﺳَو ، َﻦﻴِﺛﻼَﺛَو ًﺎﺛﻼَﺛ اﺮﱢﺒَﻜَﻓ
اَﺪَﻤْﺣاَو ، َﻦﻴِﺛﻼ
ﻦﻴِﺛﻼَﺛَو ًﺎﺛﻼَﺛ
ٍﺔﻳاور ﻲﻓو
َﻦﻴِﺛﻼَﺛَو ًﺎﻌﺑَرَأ ُﺢﻴِﺒْﺴﱠﺘﻟا
ٍﺔﻳاور ﻲﻓو
َﻦﻴِﺛﻼَﺛَو ًﺎﻌﺑرَأ ُﺮﻴﺒﻜﱠﺘﻟا
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ ٌﻖﻔﺘﻣ
`Ali (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said to me and to Fatimah
(May Allah be pleased with her) (Ali's wife and the Prophet's daughter), "
When you go to bed, recite: Takbir
(Allahu Akbar) thirty-three times and Tasbih (Subhan-Allah) thirty-three times and Tahmid (Al-hamdu lillah) thirty-
three times.
Another narration is: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
Recite Tasbih thirty-four times
Another narration is: The Messenger of Allah(PBUH) said, "
Recite Takbir thirty-four times
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
It is apparent from the difference in the narrations of this Hadith that the aggregate of the wordings
has to be one hundred. For this purpose, one of these invocations should be recited thirty-four times. It will be quite
in order if one recites either of the three for thirty-four times because the Ahadith on the subject say this number for
any of them. In this connection two Ahadith have been mentioned by Imam An-Nawawi and the reciting of "
hamdu lillah
'' thirty-four times occurs in An-Nasa'i. This formula of Glorification, Praise and Elevation of Allah's
Name is to be recited after every obligatory Salat and before going to bed.
لﺎﻗ ، ُﻪﻨﻋ ﻪﱠﻠﻟا َﻲِﺿَر َةﺮﻳﺮُه ﻲﺑَأ ﻦﻋو
ﻢﱠﻠَﺳو ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﷲا ﻰّﻠَﺻ ِﻪﱠﻠﻟا ُلﻮﺳر لﺎﻗ
ﻰﻟِإ ﻢُآُﺪَﺣَأ ىَوَأ اذِإ
ﺪﺑ ُﻪَﺷاﺮِﻓ ﺾُﻔْﻨَﻴْﻠَﻓ ، ِﻪِﺷاﺮِﻓ
ُلﻮُﻘَﻳ ﱠﻢُﺛ ، ِﻪْﻴَﻠَﻋ ُﻪَﻔَﻠَﺧ ﺎَﻣ يِرْﺪَﻳ َﻻ ُﻪﱠﻧِﺈﻓ ِﻩِراَزِإ ِﺔَﻠِﺧا
، ﻲﺒْﻨَﺟ ُﺖْﻌَﺿَو ﻲﱢﺑَر َﻚِﻤْﺳﺎِﺑ
ﱠﺼﻟا َكَدﺎﺒِﻋ ﻪِﺑ ُﻆَﻔْﺤَﺗ ﺎَﻤِﺑ ﺎَﻬْﻈَﻔْﺣﺎَﻓ ، ﺎَﻬَﺘْﻠَﺳْرَأ ْنِإو ، ﺎﻬْﻤَﺣْرﺎَﻓ ﻲِﺴْﻔَﻧ َﺖْﻜَﺴْﻣَأ ْنِإ ، ُﻪُﻌَﻓْرَأ َﻚِﺑَو
ﻪﻴﻠﻋ .
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "
When any
of you goes to bed, he should shake off (or dust off) his bedsheet because he does not know what might have fallen
on it after he had left it. Then he should recite: `Bismika Rabbi wada`tu janbi, wa bika arfa`uhu, in amsakta nafsi
farhamha, wa in arsaltaha fahfazha bima tahfazu bihi `ibadakas-salihin [With Your Name, my Rubb, I place my side
(upon the bed) and with Your Grace I will raise it up. If You withhold my soul (cause me to die), have mercy on it